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For the First Time, Broadcast Networks Shut Out of duPont Awards

4038v2239 (1)Ever since 1968, when the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards arrived at Columbia, it’s been a pretty safe bet that each year, somebody at CBS News, ABC News or NBC News was going to take home a duPont. At least, until this year. For the first time, the legacy broadcast networks were not among the 2015 winners announced this week. ”They are exceptional and innovative reports about some of the most important issues of our time,” said NBC’s Cynthia McFadden in a video announcing the 2015 winners.

The fourteen winners for 2015 include usual suspects like “Frontline” and CNN, and four local television stations. And then there are the newbies, including Netflix, which was chosen for a feature documentary. “The categories change. The technologies change. Ten years ago, who even knew what streaming was? Today a streaming service has won a duPont,” said Richard Wald, duPont Jury Chair and the Fred W. Friendly Professor of Media and Society at Columbia Journalism School. “But the jury was impressed that the essentials remain: tell a good story in the service of truth; tell something interesting and important; tell something that makes us wiser and better informed. Valuable journalism is alive and well.”

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Obama: James Foley Execution ‘Shocks the Conscience of the Entire World’

President Obama took the podium today in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released yesterday. The U.S. this morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die.

“Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace with it a sense of hope and civility,” Obama said. “That’s what Jim Foley stood for. A man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence, all of us mourn his loss.”

George Stephanopolus anchored ABC News’ special report, with Jonathan Karl on Martha’s Vineyard. Cynthia McFadden anchored a special report on NBC, with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard. CBS delivered a special report with Scott Pelley anchoring and Major Garrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report for Fox Broadcast Network.

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

And the CBS News Interview with Hillary Clinton Goes To…

Jane Pauley will interview Hillary Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 15 as part of Clinton’s book tour for “Hard Choices.” The CBS interview rounds out the big three broadcasters, as well as CNN and Fox News, that have confirmed interviews with the presumptive presidential candidate. So here’s the order:

Hillary Clinton to Hold Town Hall on CNN; Cynthia McFadden Gets NBC Interview

hardchoicesHillary Clinton‘s calendar is filling up with more TV news interviews tied to her new memoir. This morning CNN announced the former Secretary of State will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Not long after that announcement, NBC News let us know that Clinton will be sitting down with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden for an interview that will air one week from today, June 10.

The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”

In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. The town hall will air on CNN two weeks from today at 5pmET and be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. It will re-air on CNN at 9pmET.

Clinton’s first interview is with Diane Sawyer Monday, June 9. Then on the morning of June 10 the former First Lady will sit down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” Mrs. Clinton will also sit down with FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren in a joint interview on June 17.

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

Michael Isikoff Out at NBC News

IsikoffFirst on TVNewser: This is Michael Isikoff‘s last day at NBC News, TVNewser has learned.

Isikoff joined NBC News in 2010 as a Washington, DC-based investigative correspondent, after 16 years with Newsweek.  The news comes three months after fellow NBC News investigative reporter Lisa Myers left the network, and just two weeks after NBC hired Cynthia McFadden away from ABC, naming her senior legal and investigative correspondent.

“Michael has done terrific work for NBC News on stories ranging from revealing which government official leaked the US Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program to a groundbreaking examination of the Obama Administration drone strike program,” Richard Esposito, senior EP for NBC News’ Investigative Unit, tells TVNewser. “We’re grateful for all he’s done and wish him the very best.”

Cynthia McFadden Says Good Morning to ‘Today’

A week after signing off ABC News, Cynthia McFadden made her first appearance on NBC News. McFadden, NBC’s senior legal and investigative correspondent, was on the “Today” show talking about the Oscar Pistorius trial. “Cynthia McFadden, good morning and welcome to NBC,” Savannah Guthrie said. “It’s a pleasure to be here, Savannah,” McFadden replied.

McFadden, who spent 20 years at ABC, is one of three high-profile ABC News talent hired away by NBC in the last few months: Sam Champion joined the Weather Channel in December and Josh Elliott jumped to NBC Sports last week.

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